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SPHI Brief 26: Scaling Up Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN)

Over the past 5 years, the Scaling Up Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) program has enabled more than 1.7 million farming households with children under 5 years of age in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Bangladesh to grow and consume Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) – over 40% above the set target of 1.2 million. These households include those that are directly engaged in CIP-led program activities and those indirectly accessing OFSP and nutrition knowledge through farmer-to-farmer diffusion and related partner programs linked to SUSTAIN. The program efforts have also led to an increase in commercial processing of OFSP into puree (steamed and mashed roots) especially in Kenya, Rwanda and Malawi. For example, in Kenya, the Program has resulted in commercial sales of more than 220,000 loaves of nutritious sweetpotato bread per year by one commercial bakery who are projecting increasing demand for commercial products using OFSP as a major ingredient.